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‘That ‘70s Show’ actress Lisa Robin Kelly dead at 43

Updated: 2013-08-15T21:02:28Z

By LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for playing Eric Forman's older sister on “That '70s Show,” died in her sleep at a California rehab facility on Wednesday, according to TMZ. She was 43.

Kelly, who had struggled with substance abuse after leaving the show, reportedly checked herself into the center for treatment in the past week.

“I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her,” her agent, Craig Wyckoff, told People magazine.

“Last night she lost the battle. Cause of death has not been issued yet and no death certificate has been issued either.”

Kelly had appeared in several movies and TV shows besides “That '70s Show” in which she played Laurie Forman, older sister to Topher Grace’s character.

The last three years had been particularly rocky, with several arrests for DUI, spousal abuse and assault.

In an interview with ABC News, she talked about her struggles with substance abuse after five seasons on the FOX sitcom.

“I had lost a baby,” she told ABC. “As a result of that I lost it. I lost everything and I was abusing alcohol ... With 'That '70s Show' I was guilty of a drinking problem, and I ran.”

Two weeks after being arrested on suspicion of DUI, she filed for divorce from her husband Robert Gilliam in July, citing irreconcilable differences in a marriage marred with allegations of abuse by both of them.

TMZ reports that her boyfriend took her to rehab on Monday, but that she went into cardiac arrest late Wednesday night and could not be revived. The boyfriend had reportedly taken her to the hospital on Sunday with a high blood alcohol level.

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